A press release received today from Concerned Citizens Ohio:
FREE Pipeline and Easement Informational Meetings in Portage County Continue
Contact person: Mary Greer 330-472-8086
A Pipeline and Easement Informational Meeting will be held this Saturday from 2 to 4 P.M. at the Mantua Civic Center, 11670 Mantua Center Road, in Mantua Township, January 25.
The presentation is an industry-neutral class that informs residents about their rights surrounding pipeline issues. Surveys, rights-of-way, pipeline terms, legal issues, and do's and don'ts of easement contracts are discussed. All who attend receive a 20 page informative packet with sample best easement clauses and other references.
The presenters make clear that they are not attorneys and do not give legal advice. They just prepare property owners to become knowledgeable.
"We teach Pipelines 101 so residents can start with Pipelines 202 when and if they meet with professionals," said Mary Greer, a presenter in the class. "We are just citizens helping citizens."
The class has already been presented at the Garrettsville Library, the Reed Memorial Library, the Newton Falls Library, and is scheduled to be given at the Mantua Civic Center next. After that, it will come to the Hiram Christian Church on Feb. 1, at the Mogadore Library Feb. 8, and the Randolph Community Center, Feb. 15. All times are the same--Saturdays, from 2 to 4 P.M.
Residents of Stark, Trumbull, Summit, and Medina have also expressed interest in this class. "We are trying to inform people of their rights before they assume that someone saying the words 'eminent domain' means they just have to sign over their land," said Greer. "Once an easement is signed, it is almost always forever, so understanding the issue is a big deal."
At the Commissioners Meeting January 16, 125 interested residents attended to express their fears and worries about the Sunoco pipeline to cross Suffield, Randolph, Atwater, and Deerfield. As a result, class attendance has really expanded.
The Unity Pipeline is also now seeking a route from Kensington in Columbiana County along Route 44 to Mantua, so interest in pipelines is a top priority everywhere. "People understand that this is something they have to get out in front of," said Greer. "Once the easement is signed and the pipeline is in the ground, it's just too late--and there go your property values, not to mention peace of mind."